NDP MPP Paul Miller receives unanimous consent for book of condolences to honour Hamilton soldier

QUEEN’S PARK — As all of Canada continues to reel from the awful act of brutality that shocked our nation’s capital yesterday, NDP MPP for Hamilton East- Stoney Creek Paul Miller called for unanimous consent to place a book of condolences for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in the Ontario legislature.

“We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss yesterday of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment, who was one of my constituents, “ said Miller. “We are grateful for the brave men and women, like Corporal Cirillo, who give their lives in service to our country, something we share in common with all Ontarians.” 

Miller’s request for unanimous consent to have a book of condolences placed in the main lobby of the Legislative Building was granted. 

“All Ontarians are welcome to sign the book to pay our respects to this brave young father,” said Miller. 

The book has been placed in the main lobby and is now available to be signed by MPPs and the public.  

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on shooting in Ottawa

“New Democrats are shocked and saddened by this morning’s tragic events in Ottawa. My heart goes out to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was killed while standing guard at our National War Memorial.  Cpl. Cirillo bravely served with Hamilton's historic Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders – the 91st Canadian Highlanders. His family, my community of Hamilton, and our country have suffered a great loss today. We will remember him for his service.

Statement from NDP MPP Monique Taylor on Ombudsman Investigation into Unlicensed Child Care

“Last year, I requested that the Ombudsman conduct an investigation into the government’s oversight of unlicensed child care. Today’s scathing report is deeply disturbing for parents like me. It reveals that this Liberal government has systematically failed to do its job to protect kids in unlicensed child care. This isn’t just about an old law that doesn’t work; it’s about a government that has put kids at risk through ‘years of bad administration and neglect,’ in the words of the Ombudsman. From complaints that go uninvestigated, to sloppy records and toothless inspections, it’s hard to see how the government could do a worse job.

New Democrats to call for referendum to approve sale of public assets in upcoming legislative session

Toronto – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath put the Liberals on notice that any sale of OLG, LCBO, Hydro One or OPG will have to be put to a referendum. 

“Our public assets don’t belong to the Liberals, Conservatives or any political party. They belong to the people of Ontario,” said Horwath. “If Kathleen Wynne is planning to sell-off any of these four important public assets, then Ontarians deserve to have their say. If the Premier wants to go down the privatization road then she must put it to a vote.”

Horwath said that New Democrats will introduce a motion in the upcoming legislative session calling for a referendum to approve any sale of OLG, LCBO, Hydro One or OPG.

Happy Thanksgiving from Andrea Horwath

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats I want wish families across the province a Happy Thanksgiving. 

Whether it’s Turkeys, pumpkins, cranberries or a glass of wine, Thanksgiving a wonderful opportunity to experience and enjoy the best bounty our province and our farmers have to offer. 

At the same time as many of us will be celebrating, let us remember that too many Ontarians are being left behind wondering how to make ends meet. That’s why New Democrats will keep working hard every day for a more fair Ontario, so that every family will have much to give thanks for.

From New Democrats to every Ontarian, Happy Thanksgiving!

Letter to Ombudsman from NDP MPP Teresa Armstrong on CBSA/MTO/OPP vehicle safety blitz

Dear Mr. Marin,

I am writing to request that you conduct an investigation into the practice and protocols of commercial vehicle safety blitzes involving the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), Ontario Ministries of Transportation and Environment, OPP and any other traffic safety agencies.

As you are aware, on August 14th between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. the CBSA, government ministries and the OPP jointly conducted a series of commercial vehicle safety blitzes in northwest Toronto that resulted in 21 individuals being detained and a number of them deported.